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Art by College fourth-year Sam Battle. “I really like to make art about nature, especially using topics from biology that a lot of people aren't super familiar with as metaphors,” Battle said. “I like being able to educate people about the crazy things their bodies can do, as well as connecting that to emotion and feeling.”

Students Create Art in Place 

May 5, 2020

    Art is always created in context — a truth made all the more apparent by the events of the past few months. Student artists at Oberlin, separated from campus resources, have had to adapt their creative practices for the semester, using this time to process the pandemic through art or to take a creative break from the world. Second-year Sociology and Studio Art double major Jacob Valero used his creative practices to help him adjust at the beginning of the pandemic.  ...

Kat Burdine speaking to Oberlin students last Monday.

Kat Burdine, Visual Artist

March 1, 2019

Artist Kat Burdine uses objects and prints to negotiate ideas about physicality and the body. A graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and currently based in Cleveland, she is the founder of Wondershop Studio and teaches at both the Cleveland Institute of Art and Cuyahoga Community College. She has collaborated with many artists on a variety of projects, including Talking Dolls in Detroit. Her recent lecture at Oberlin, “A Matter of Hapticstance — One Queer’s Feeling on Feeling(s),” di...

Art Rental: A Photo Essay

Kate Fishman and Katherine MacPhail

February 22, 2019

Art Rental is a distinctive program beloved by the Oberlin community. It gives students the opportunity to hang works of art from the likes of Pablo Picasso or Salvador Dali in their college rooms for a semester, for only $5 per work. Oberlin’s Art Rental program was originally founded in 1940 by art historian Ellen Johnson, OC ’33. Since then, other colleges have initiated art rental programs of their own. Harvard College started a program in 1972 which allows students to rent art for $30 an academic year, and in 2016 Kenyon College started a program allowing students to rent art for $10 a semester.  Oberlin’s Art Rental program is a major draw for some prospective students who are deciding where to go...

Perspectives: Seeing Myself in a 350-Year-Old Portrait

Katie Lucey, Arts & Culture Editor

December 7, 2018

Wide eyes. An ambiguous look over her right shoulder. Slightly parted lips. A lone pearl earring. I love art, but I have a rather complicated relationship with Johannes Vermeer’s iconic Girl with a Pearl Earring.  While researching 17th century Dutch art for a project back in high school, I stumbled upon a close-up image of the painting, and was intrigued by the subject’s piercing, yet seemingly apathetic gaze. Tracing the line of her cheek on my computer screen, I saw a resemblance between us. Yet, we would never be the same. Whereas she was quietly confident, I felt insecure about my future. At the time, the mere thought of college overwhelmed me; I had no idea where I would spend the next four critical years ...

Andrea Gyorody was recently hired
as the Ellen Johnson ‘33 assistant
curator of modern and contemporary

On the Record with Curator Andrea Gyorody

April 21, 2017

Andrea Gyorody was recently hired as the new Ellen Johnson ’33 assistant curator of modern and contemporary art at the Allen Memorial Art Museum. She graduated from Amherst College in 2007 and went on to receive a master’s degree in Art History from Williams College. Currently a Ph.D. candidate in art history at University of California, Los Angeles and a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and a German Academic Exchange Service Fellowship, Gyorody spent two years in Germany studying post-wa...

Tran, Bhattacharyya Illustrate Asian Histories

Julia Peterson, Production Editor

April 8, 2016

For College seniors Gaby Hurtado-Ramos, Anders Villalta, Sreyashi Tinni Bhattacharyya and Richard Tran, engaging a wider community both through and beyond the art that they create, is critical. That prerogative comes through in their senior exhibition, I Will Not Be Buried, which opens today at the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts and will run until Sunday evening. The four Studio Art majors, recognizing many related themes in their artwork, chose to collaborate on a show. “One of the reasons we were really attracted to each other’s work is because not only [do] we challenge dominant narratives, but ... we see art as one of the many tools to do so,” Bhattacharyya said. “It comes from a place of respe...

Screenshot Show Challenges Curatorial Norms

Julia Peterson, Production Editor

March 11, 2016

Exhibition Initiative’s Screenshot Show, opening this Sunday at Storage gallery, looks to question preconceptions about digital art and blur curatorial boundaries. The show’s concept is simple: display screenshots that people have taken on their digital devices in a gallery setting. This leaves room for participants, curators and visitors to interact with the showcase in a unique manner. College junior Leah Newman, the organization’s co-chair, said the screenshot medium creates room for participation by people traditionally denied access to gallery spaces. “We put out a call to artists that invited anyone to submit their own screenshots for the show,” Newman said. “I interpret this idea as ... not ...

Oberlin’s Artist in Residence for February, Duy Phuong Le Nguyen (left) and Art Department Co-chair Pipo Nguyen-Duy pose in front of Nguyen’s photos in the Richard D. Baron ‘64 Art Gallery. The exhibit, Holding Water, depicts Tri An Lake in Vietnam.

Nguyen Blurs Line Between Candid and Staged

February 19, 2016

Holding Water, the current exhibit at the Richard D. Baron ‘64 Art Gallery, is deceptively simple at first glance. Unlike many art shows. in which each piece is accompanied by a title and a short paragraph with contextual details, the photographs by Duy Phuong Le Nguyen — Oberlin’s artist in residence for the month of February — stand alone. For his first solo show, the artist has chosen to let his work speak for itself. Without any information provided on the photographs’ subjects or locat...

AMAM Highlights Disabled Artists in A Picture of Health

Julia Peterson, Production Editor

February 5, 2016

Since mid-January, visitors to the Allen Memorial Art Museum who climb the stairs to the Ripin Gallery have been able to peruse the exhibit A Picture of Health: Art and the Mechanisms of Healing. The exhibit includes everything from paintings and sculptures to amulets and an interactive rotorelief, all of which depict or were intended to be involved with health and treatment. Assistant Professor of Renaissance and Baroque Art History Christina Neilson, who co-curated the exhibition with State University of New York Buffalo’s Associate Professor Frances Gage, said that the exhibit is unique because it allows viewers to make crosscultural connections between diverse healing objects. “It’s a different type of ...

In Computer Science Community Art Show, Context Makes All the Difference

Lya Finston

December 11, 2015

The basement dining room of Harkness House was filled with a charged yet casual excitement last Saturday night when it opened its doors for the Computer Science Community Art Show. The Computer Science Majors’ Committee, which serves to represent and bolster Oberlin’s computer science community, organized the event. The venue’s relaxed atmosphere and variety of interpretations of the show’s interdisciplinary theme made for a highly enjoyable and thought-provoking evening. The strength of the event as a whole resided not only in the quality of the works on display, but also in the artists’ presentation and description. By offering background information on the technological aspects of their media, artists...

Greenwood Curates AMAM’s New Japanese Print Exhibition

Nicholas Vigilante

February 6, 2015

The Ainsworth collection of Japanese prints on display at the Allen Memorial Art Museum aims to challenge preconceived notions of Asian art. With the debut of his exhibition, recently appointed Joan L. Danforth Assistant Curator of Asian Art Kevin Greenwood encourages museumgoers to observe the similarities between Western and Eastern art. Greenwood’s appointment has been a major turning point for the AMAM, as the museum had been in need of a curator of Asian art since 2003. “I’m just really excited to be here,” Greenwood said. “I’m looking forward to a long career here.” According to AMAM Curator of Collections Andria Derstine, the new position was made possible through a grant from the National Endowment...

Weigl Exhibit Shuns Beauty

Jacob Rivas, Staff Writer

May 9, 2014

Overlooking the value of art in the study of history is a common mistake. While history often focuses on objective investigation, art has the power to inject emotion and beauty from the present into the past, providing an essential dimension to historical events. The Usual Suspects, an exhibition of former Oberlin professor Jean Kondo Weigl, is a prime example of this infusion of bland historical facts with passion and humanity. The exhibit, which opened in the Baron Gallery in Dewy Ward ’34 Alumni Center on May 2, runs through May 16. The exhibition is thematically two-fold. One series of paintings is a clear depiction of American history with various references to indigenous American peoples and their culture....

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